It was a secret exchange in the middle of the night, I think around 1am.
And there I was going to work as usual; yet everything had changed.
I was bursting to tell someone, but who?
I decided it had to be Ruth, my good friend and mentor of several years. I was to see her at 6.30pm, so until then I would have to treasure the secret of my hidden vow and trust it hadn’t been a dream.
I had been testing God’s call on my life for a few years and finally I had found the quiet faith to be able to say a sure and certain YES. I knew I would not get married or have natural kids, but that in my spiritual DNA was a life of adventuring in God’s kingdom as a celibate. I was excited!
So there I sat at my desk, grinning, thinking it all seemed surreal. I logged on to my PC as usual and the verse of scripture that always appeared when I logged on flashed onto my screen. The log-on scripture was changed from time to time by some unnamed person in IT and it had been changed that morning. The new verse was from Jeremiah 50:5 ‘They will come and bind themselves to the Lord in an everlasting covenant that will not be forgotten.’
Coincidence or God’s loving and characteristically attentive and timely response? Whatever it was, I was happy.